St Georges Day and the Dragon Protection League.

It is St George’s Day. Happy St George’s Day. Although, on the whole I tend to defend the dragon. Bloody knights going round slaughtering endangered species, until the poor dragons are so close to extinction that they are forced to invent intergalactic travel and find a new planet to live on. History is my strong point, and biology, and astrophysics. OK, I have no strong points, except the odd good hair day.

Back to the subject, St. George’s Day, bit dull isn’t it? None of the packing the streets with our national colours the way the Irish and the Dutch do on their days of celebration. No special coloured milkshakes, no New York parades, though I imagine someone, somewhere is drinking copiously.

Why is that? I don’t list English that high up on my identifying features, and the lack of celebration suggests I am not the only one. I probably get more excited about my Irish heritage than my English – they got all the cool stuff – they have a sexy accent, they nabbed all the cool minor keys for their traditional music, and can you imagine MorrisDance being a hit on Broadway?

Being proud of being English just seems a little racist doesn’t it?! Too many years of hearing the excessively right wing bang on has left me a little dubious of my own nationality, which is a bit poo really. I consider myself human first, a woman next, a socialist, a mother, a closet rebel, British at a push, but rarely English.

Having said all that, I am totally English – moderately amusing, self-deprecating, likes cakes and the modest treat of a custard cream, a bit eccentric, and awkward in social situations. I need to work on standing for the National Anthem and liking Ant and Dec, and then I will be totally there.

So I shall celebrate in my own way today, by setting up a Dragon Protection League, a spot of hanky waving and hoisting the Jolly Roger. (Sorry, that white and red one is just a bit dull, get a new flag, perhaps with a picture of Stephen Fry enjoying a jammie dodger, and I shall wave it with pride)

Or I might just settle for a nice cup of tea,

Love Miss Cisco XXX

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  1. April 24, 2014 / 8:58 am

    Stephen Fry and a Jammie Dodger – what’s not to love?! Great post as ever. It’s strange that it feels a bit wrong to say we’reEnglish, but it really does.

  2. April 24, 2014 / 8:59 am

    I celebrated St George’s Day by watching old episodes of Rainbow so I could giggle at George, Bungle and Zippy.
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  3. April 24, 2014 / 11:03 am

    Wow! That would be the BEST flag EVER! And a new national anthem to go with it – including the words Jammy Dodger! Having a rare good hair day this end btw! xx
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  4. April 24, 2014 / 12:46 pm

    It is a shame that our sense of Englishness is so clouded isn’t it? Apparently we are one of the most sexist countries too. We should start reclaiming the cool stuff, I think you have made an exccelletn start!
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  5. April 24, 2014 / 1:56 pm

    oh Stephen Fry! i miss his shows! i still think that St George s day should be a Bank holiday!
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  6. April 24, 2014 / 3:10 pm

    I didn’t realise how English I was until we left… And now what makes me laugh are peoples preconceived ideas of what we English are like. I have been told “oh, you are English, you are really funny” and have been asked countless times various things like “do you know the queen”, or how do we visit “charlie’s chocolate factory?!?!” I think sometimes we aren’t as patriotic as other nations, Denmark for example – Christmas trees are covered in the flag, as are birthday cakes and birthday tables. And I still think we should get a day off on the 23rd! 🙂
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  7. April 24, 2014 / 7:51 pm

    Loved reading this post 🙂
    I went to a comedy gig recently – Russell Kane’s ‘Smallness’ tour. The theme is the eccentricities of being English, how awkward we are in social situations etc. It was the most amazing show, extremely clever and he was spot on with his observations, just like your penultimate paragraph.
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  8. April 24, 2014 / 9:05 pm

    I was a little sad this year when all of a sudden St George’s Day had crept up on me and we hadn’t done anything to celebrate it. I’d like to think that I was organised and planned a hot-pot with a hearty crumble and drank cider and ale around a fire in the cold Spring evening. But I didn’t. Next year maybe 🙂
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  9. April 24, 2014 / 9:54 pm

    oh my i daren’t say this but i only realised it had been st georges day by your post…… eeeekkk *run and hides*
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